The Retreat Farm Shop, Deli and Cafe in Llanover

The Retreat Llanover

The Retreat Farm Shop, Deli and Cafe has just opened in a beautifully converted chapel in Llanover. Its a new location, but not a new business – owners Simon and Amy previously ran The Gardener’s Kitchen (located in the former post office by the little hump-backed bridge in Llanellen). Their new site gives them a ... Read more »

Growing Up In A Nonya Kitchen by Sharon Wee

Growing Up In A Nonya Kitchen by Sharon Wee

Growing Up In A Nonya Kitchen is an ode to author Sharon Wee’s mother. In it she shares her memories of growing up in a Peranakan Chinese family in Singapore, and a meticulously researched collection of recipes and cooking advice learned not only in her mother’s kitchen but from older relatives and experts in the ... Read more »

Clay’s Kitchen & Bar in Caversham, Reading

Clays Kitchen in Caversham (Kavey Eats)

By the time we finally made it to Clay’s Kitchen & Bar, the new location for what was previously Clay’s Hyderabadi Kitchen, a lot more people were aware of this absolute gem of a restaurant than ever before, thanks to national coverage in The Guardian, in the form of a review from critic Grace Dent. ... Read more »

Couque de Rins (Honey Cake with Sugar)

These delicious soft and chewy honey cakes came about, like so many recipes, because of a mistake when a baker named François Rins made a mistake whilst  cooking the much harder couque de Dinant. This story, and the recipe itself, are from Regula Ysewijn’s Dark Rye & Honey Cake, a cookbook focusing on baking from ... Read more »

Savoury Sweet Potato Waffles

Savoury sweet potato waffles

I adore waffles, and we make all kinds in our waffle maker, from Parmesan & Paprika Potato Waffles and Marmite Waffles to Double Chocolate Brownie-Style Waffles and French Toast Waffles. So we were absolutely on board to try the 14 waffle recipes within Regula Ysewijn’s Dark Rye & Honey Cake including these fabulous Savoury Sweet Potato Waffles. Read more ... Read more »

Dark Rye & Honey Cake by Regula Ysewijn

Dark Rye & Honey Cake by Regula Ysewijn

After two books focusing on British puddings (Pride & Pudding) and baking (Oats in the North, Wheat from the South), a special interest Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook, and The National Trust Book of Puddings, Dark Rye & Honey Cake is Belgian food writer, culinary historian and photographer Regula Ysewijn’s first cookbook dedicated to ‘festival baking ... Read more »

Excellent Eats on Islay, Scotland

The island of Islay is perhaps best known for its many whisky distilleries including Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Caol Ila, Kilchoman and Bruichladdich. Many of the fifty thousand or so visitors a year go for the whisky, a huge number of them during Islay’s annual whisky and music festival, Feis Isle. Pete and I have attended the ... Read more »

A Light Lunch at The Honey Café, Bronllys

The Honey Café, Bronllys

Last weekend we popped up to Brecon for their annual food festival inside the market hall. Lots of great vendors from whom we bought baklava, garlicky smoked bacon, a chocolate brownie featuring turkish delight, three jars of fruit curd in mango, passion fruit and orange flavours, a hunk of pancetta, and a punnet of fresh ... Read more »

Plaza Khao Gaeng at Arcade Food Hall

Gung Pad Sator Sai Gapi, Gaeng Som Tom Yam, Muu Hong, Gaeng Gati Gai, Khai Dow and Khao Hom Mali Mai

Right next to Tottenham Court Road tube station, where the neighbourhoods of Holborn, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Soho converge, and at the foot of the iconic Centre point building is the Arcade Food Hall, which opened in 2022. Upstairs within the food hall is Plaza Khao Gaeng, a Southern Thai khao gaeng (rice with curry) restaurant by ... Read more »